Coolmine Therapeutic Community
Friday 17th May 2013: President Michael D Higgins visited Coolmine Therapeutic Community on its 40th anniversary today.
While there, the President heard that community therapy was required now, more than ever, to help the growing number of people in Ireland struggling to overcome drug or alcohol addiction and how Coolmine’s success rate with clients exceeded the national average.
Ms Pauline McKeown, Chief Executive said that Coolmine had experienced a steady increase in the number of people seeking help to stay off drugs and fit back into society.
“We are currently helping around 1,000 people from all over Ireland every year. While we have come a long way since our first client joined us in 1973, the demand for our services has increased. .........................to see the Presidents speech or read the remarks, please continue here.
We Urgently Need Your Help!
Will you become a "Friend" of Coolmine?
This year we launched our Friends of Coolmine Campaign, as it is our 40thAnniversary we are looking for at least 40 people to sign up to our campaign and help us with regular committed giving. Our funding has been cut over the last number of years and we are struggling financially to keep all our services operational.
By becoming a Friend of Coolmine you are supporting a vital service which will help transform the lives of the people we assist and their families. For everyone person caught up in the torment of addiction at least eight other people's lives are affected; children, parents, partners, brothers, sisters, friends...
Please, now more than ever we need the help of all our Friends.
The board and management welcome the allocation of €100,000 funding by the Minister for Primary Care, Mr Alex White TD which was announced on 12/11/2012 towards the annual running costs of its mother and children residential treatment service.
Mr Paul Conlon, CEO said that 'Coolmine Therapeutic Community provides the only mother and child facility for clients receiving residential therapy for addiction and this allocation of funding will allow them continue to provide a quality service for young women with their children. “The funding will be used to employ two full time crèche workers, who will care for the children while the mothers attend therapy. It allows us to start taking referrals again ... read more
On Friday the 25th of January 17 clients graduated from our 12 month programme. Minister Alex White, Minister for Primary Care and a supporter of the work we do, attended the ceremony as our guest of honour. For our graduates this is a momentous occasion and a major achievement in their lives to have made it to this stage in their recovery.
Graduate Treasa who resided in Ashleigh House, is delighted to have made to this point in her life: “I can’t believe I’m after getting here. It’s been a long road but well worth it, my life has change immensely since I came into recovery. I’m now back talking to my family and it’s thanks to the encouragement from my daughter and mother to stay that I completed the programme. They are all very proud of me now and I hope that one day I might eventually work helping other addicts. The future is looking great.”
We wish all our clients very success in world and to know that the door at Coolmine is always open!
Minister Shortall offically launched of our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. The plan includes the refining of our residential programmes and the expansion of our detoxification capacity to facilitate the demand for our services which sees us assisting over 1,000 people who have drug or alcohol addictions.
At the launch we highlighted the fact we are working with reduced budgets but called for help to combat waiting list for the only mother & child residential treatment centre in Ireland. (Click here to download our Strategic Plan 2012-2015)
Coolmine Therapeutic Community's 2011 Annual Report was issued today with Matt Cooper's continued support as we highlighted our work with over 1,000 people to support them and their families in overcoming their addiction. This was achieved despite increased demands for our services and decreased funding from the State. Click here to download a copy of the report.
Furniture Donations badly needed
We are always on the look out for office furniture, or household furniture for our two residential houses in Coolmine Lodge (which houses up to 30 men) and for Ashleigh House (which houses up to 15 women & children). Children are always looking for new toys too so if you have any good quality toys or equipment for our creche please do let us know! Thank You!
The therapeutic community model is a treatment and rehabilitation approach where clients live in small structured drug-free communities. The goal is to encourage psychological and lifestyle changes to enable people to maintain a drug-free existence. The treatment approach is based on peer support, and participants are expected to contribute to the general running of the community, and to their own recovery, by actively participating in educational activities and in group and individual therapy.
Therapeutic Communities (TC) are designed to foster change and positive growth in their clients, emphasising group work and the taking of personal responsibility within a highly structured environment.
The focus is on offering a holistic approach to dealing with addiction which means that in addition to dealing with the person in recovery, support is also provided for their friends and family thereby creating a strong social network to help them succeed.Coolmine is the oldest therapeutic community in Ireland with over 35 years providing services for drug and alcohol addiction throughout Ireland.